Nkomo describes “turbulent times” as Zanu PF chairman

Harare,- The Zanu PF out-going chairman, John Nkomo, who was on Monday appointed as the country’s second Vice President, has described the last ten years that he has been at the helm of his party as “turbulent.”

Reflecting on his time in the party after his appointment on Monday, Nkomo said he wished his successor, Zimbabwe Ambassador to South Africa, Simon Khaya Moyo, all the best in the position he called “the hot seat.”

“I feel like I am being buried and I want to thank you all for coming to witness my burial,” said Nkomo without elaborating.  "I want to wish Cde Moyo all the best in his new role within the party.”

“The ten years, I have been chairman of Zanu PF has been turbulent but I had the privilege, I survived because I saved under President Mugabe , Vice President Joshua Nkomo, Vice President Joseph Msika and Vice President Simon Muzenda,” said Nkomo.

The turbulence that Nkomo is talking about started in 2004 when Joyce Mujuru was chosen to be the second Vice President ahead of Mnangagwa. It was to be the genesis of factionalism in Zanu PF that Mugabe decried at the party’s weekend congress.

The Mujuru debacle was to be followed by the infamous Tsholotsho debacle which saw Zanu PF suspending provincial chairpersons who participated in the meeting which was believed to have been organised by Jonathan Moyo at Dingane Primary School.

The turbulence also played itself loud and clear at the just ended Zanu PF congress where Nkomo was struggling to rail road delegates into confirming decisions on party positions.

Nkomo struggled to silence delegates from Masvingo when he was announcing members of the Central Committee. His voiced was drowned as he tried to silence the delegates as they demanded to know why Walter Mzembi, a popular politician from the province, was not part of the Central Committee.

“Pamberi ne runyararo pasi ne msindo, as a parting shot as your chairman as far as I am concerned the list I have was the one forwarded to me and approved by the Central Committee, as far as I am concerned I declare the names read out as duly elected,” said Nkomo as he struggled to contain the delegates.

Nkomo had to be saved from the wrath of Harare delegates after Zanu PF leader President Robert Mugabe personally appointed Hubert Nyanhongo who recently lost the provincial chairmanship to Amos Midzi in controversial circumstances.

Nomination of politburo members had to be deferred to a later date to avoid further turbulence at the congress. Radio VOP